Winter is on the way and with heaters on full blast, homes locked up tight against the cold and lower humidity in the frigid air outside, the air in your home can become dry as a bone.
- Air dry the dishes. After the dishwasher has completed its wash cycle, open the door and let the dishes air dry. The humidity from the dishwasher will evaporate and help moisturize your air. You can also take showers with the bathroom door open, but if you have a house full of people, this might not be a regular option.
- Purchase a humidifier. A humidifier is best known for unclogging stuffy noses, but it also pumps moisture into the air. It can also save money on your heating bills because it will make the dry air from your heat pump feel less cold, which can help you resist turning up the thermostat.
- Dust and vacuum regularly. Dust and other pollutants can exacerbate already dry heated air, making it feel even more arid. Dusting and vacuuming regularly keeps your air cleaner and allows it to hold more moisture.
- Leave bowls of water sitting around. While it’s best to put saucers of water near heating vents, merely leaving them out will pump more moisture into the air.
- Cook on the stovetop. Oven use is another way to pump dry air into your home. Using the stovetop to cook pushes moisture from food or the water used to cook it out into your local atmosphere.
If your home still feels dry or has other air quality issues, Southern Trust Home Services can help. We are a leading provider of home indoor air quality products and services in the Roanoke, Va. area. Call us at (540) 343-4348 to discuss our customized solutions.